Fulham manager Martin Jol is determined to keep Billy McKinlay at the club
Last Updated: October 25, 2012 5:20pm
Billy McKinlay: Martin Jol determined to keep first-team coach
Fulham manager Martin Jol is determined to keep first-team coach Billy McKinlay at the club.
The Scot was the subject of an approach from Blackburn earlier this week as they search for a replacement for Steve Kean.
Rovers' bid was rejected by Fulham although Jol admits McKinlay may have been able to discuss the vacancy if the Ewood Park outfit had made it clear he was their first choice.
Jol said: "I need Billy, he's a good boy and is developing into a very good coach and manager.
"If they said: 'He's our number one choice', I'd probably tell them they can talk to him.
"But there are always big lists in football and I want Billy to stay.
"If I wanted someone I'd make a nice phone call, informal. With us it was formal - 'can we speak to him?' 'No'.
"If I'm 100 per cent certain they'd take him I'd probably be a bit more positive."